A Soyuz space capsule has successfully delivered astronauts from Russia and the United States to the International Space Station after a two-day voyage. The docking took place smoothly Friday and the crew entered the space laboratory after a lengthy procedure to open its hatches. The mission is set to last four months. The new arrivals are two astronauts from the Russian space agency Roscosmos, Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko, and NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough. They are joining American Jeff Williams and Russians Oleg Skripochka and Alexey Ovchinin, who were already aboard the space station. The crew is carrying the relics of Seraphim of Sarov, an 18th century saint, provided by the Russian
CNN's Will Ripley talks to Filipinos about the relationship of the Philippines to the US, and President Duterte's recent comments about a "separation".
A powerful earthquake in western Japan knocked loose roof tiles, toppled store shelves and caused power outages Friday afternoon, but apparently caused no widespread damage. The Japan Meteorological Agency said the 6.6-magnitude quake occurred in Tottori, a prefecture on the Sea of Japan about 700 kilometers (430 miles) west of Tokyo. At least two houses collapsed, and television footage showed roof tiles knocked loose, wall fragments from a sake brewery fallen to the ground, and wine bottles and food items scattered on a store floor.
ABC's Jim Avila was granted the first prison interview with Christopher Waide, who is serving a 48-year prison sentence for the murder of Lea Porter. It. Heroes James settings. You could easily. You can take the knife away from their sort of the dead
Scientists say Europe's experimental Mars probe has hit the right spot but may have been destroyed in a fiery ball of rocket fuel because it was traveling too fast. Pictures taken by a NASA satellite show a black spot where the Schiaparelli lander was meant to touch down Wednesday, the European Space Agency said. The images end days of speculation over the probe's likely fate following unexpected radio silence less than a minute before the planned landing. The agency said in a statement that the probe dropped from a height of 2 to 4 kilometers (1.4 miles to 2.4 miles) and struck the surface at a speed exceeding 300 kph (186 mph), "therefore impacting at a considerable speed." It said the large
According to The Science Channel, the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle may have been solved. As explained in a report by The Science Channel, a satellite snapped images over coastal Florida that included “a series of hexagon-shaped clouds” detected by meteorologists. Due to an atmospheric phenomenon known as air bombs, or microbursts, the winds in these areas reach up to 100 mph. According to scientist and professor Randy Cerveny, this causes ocean waves grow to massive sizes.
Typhoon Haima forced the evacuations of more than 50,000 people in southern China after hammering the northern Philippines with ferocious wind and rain, triggering flooding, landslides and power outages and killing at least 13 people. No deaths were immediately reported Saturday in China from the typhoon. Residents in the cities of Shanwei and Shantou, in China's Guangdong province, were forced to move to safer ground as the storm hit, local authorities and state media reported.
The American Academy of Pediatrics released new guidelines Friday to help parents manage their kids’ screen time. Here is some of their advice: Children under the age of 2 should avoid all digital media use except for video chatting via apps like Skype and Facetime. If you must introduce digital media to toddlers between the ages of 18 and 24 months, choose high-quality programming and sit with your child. Solo viewing should be avoided. Children ages 2 to 5 years should have no more than one hour of screen use a day. Be sure to select high-quality programming and watch it with your children. Keep bedrooms, mealtimes and parent-child playtime free of screens. (Parents, that goes for you too: Set
“A superomniphobic material is a material that is extremely repellent to virtually any liquid,” Arun Kota, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Colorado State University, explained to Digital Trends. “That could be an acid or base, an organic liquid or an aqueous liquid, a food-grade liquid, a solvent, whatever you can think of. Professor Kota has been investigating these kind of superomniphobic materials for around a decade.
Just over a year ago, Tesla sent out a software update to its cars that made its "Autopilot" features available to customers, in what the company called a "public beta test." In the intervening 12 months, several of those customers have died while their Teslas were in autopilot mode. Cars have crashed, regulators have cracked down, and the headlines proclaiming that "Self-Driving Cars Are Here" were replaced with Tesla's assurances that autopilot was nothing but a particularly advanced driver-assist system. Given all this, one might assume that a chastened Tesla would take things more cautiously with its next iteration of autonomous technology. But in a launch event this week, Tesla introduced
Eric Weiner is the author, most recently, of “The Geography of Genius: Lessons From from the World’s Most Creative Places.” It’s not always easy to know when we’re in the presence of “genius.” In part, that’s because we barely agree on what it means. In Roman times, genius was not something you achieved but rather an animating spirit that adhered itself to people and places. In the 18th century, Romantics gave genius its modern meaning: Someone with special, almost divine abilities. Today, we’re quick to anoint a “marketing genius” or a “political genius,” oblivious to the fact that true genius requires no such modification. In truth, real geniuses transcend the confines of their particular domains.
A decade ago, environmentalists and the federal government agreed to revive a 150-mile stretch of California's second-longest river, an ambitious effort aimed at allowing salmon again to swim up to the Sierra Nevada foothills to spawn. A major milestone is expected by the end of the month, when the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says the stretch of the San Joaquin River will be flowing year-round for the first time in more than 60 years. "I think we all had hoped we'd be further along," said Doug Obegi, an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, which led the lawsuit that produced the deal with the government to bring back salmon.
The clay busts were the effort of University of South Florida forensic anthropologists and forensic artists who pulled images of unidentified bodies from cold case files, printed their skulls in 3D plastic, then molded heads and faces that someone might recognize. While most of this year's 20 cold cases are of adults who were found dead, one was a baby. Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell talked about the case, and said there is a "tsunami" of missing and unidentified cases in Florida, partially because of the state's transient population.
I just completed my Vote by Mail ballot for the Nov. 8 election. I'm a little dazed, partly because the Official Voter Information Guide is 223 pages long, but also because of the many mailers, L.A. Times printed letters and opinions, fliers left on our doorstep, Internet coverage, speeches, TV debates and finally, the ballot itself with 43 candidates and issues to ponder. Am I tired? A little. Am I discouraged? Absolutely not. I feel lucky to have a voice, no matter how small. I want to thank our free press and media for helping me reach my voting decisions. Dan Cabrera Glendale I wish to express my strong support for NASA and its efforts to explore the solar system and understand our cosmos.
This artist’s rendering provided by the European Space Agency shows the separation of the ExoMars 2016 entry, descent and landing demonstrator module, named Schiaparelli, center, from the Trace Gas Orbiter, left, heading for Mars. On Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, the ESA said their experimental Mars probe hit the right spot — but at the wrong speed — and may have ended up in a fiery ball of rocket fuel when it struck the surface. BERLIN — Scientists say Europe’s experimental Mars probe has hit the right spot but may have been destroyed in a fiery ball of rocket fuel because it was traveling too fast. Pictures taken by a NASA satellite show a black spot where the Schiaparelli lander was meant to touch down Wednesday, the European Space Agency said.
Isla Mujeres is a small island 13 kilometers from Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. When the Spanish first came to the island they found a number of goddess images, so they named it Isla Mujeres, the Isle of Women. Many of the images were of the goddess Ix Chel, the goddess of making children. She was also important to the physicians and shamans as the goddess of medicine. The island of Cozumel, near Isla Mujeres, was an important pilgrimage site for Mayan women hoping to have a fruitful marriage. I first visited Isla Mujeres in 1978 to celebrate getting my M.S. in biology. We snorkeled a lot and enjoyed a week of getting sunburned and eating seafood. If I had had a clue there were whale sharks in
The Orionid meteor shower will dazzle skywatchers for a second night tonight, as the shower reaches its peak. The meteor shower is produced by the well-known Halley's Comet, officially called 1P/Halley, which is the most recognised of the short-period comets. It is visible from Earth every 75 to 76 years. Essentially, Halley is the parent body of the Orionids. When the comet passes through the solar system, it leaves a trail of debris through space. The Earth passes through these debris trails and the particles collide with our atmosphere where they disintegrate and burn up, creating flashes of light across the sky. The Orionid meteor shower appears annually in late October. The meteor shower
You frequently hear about the sale of a car or a house, but it is not too often you get word of the transfer of ownership of a million dollar telescope. Now that it is under the direct supervision of the Air Force, the military branch plans to undertake the complex project of moving the telescope from its installation at White Sands New Mexico to its new home in Australia.
A secret Nazi military base abandoned more than 70 years ago was recently rediscovered by Russian scientists, The Independent reported. The base, located in the Arctic island of Alexandra Land, served as a "tactical weather station" for the Nazis during World War II, when knowledge of the weather was vital to determining when to move troops, equipment, and ships. Because of the base's name — "Schatzgraber" or "Treasure Hunter" — some also think it was used for "the pursuit of ancient relics," The Independent reported. The base is believed to have been built in 1942, the year after Adolf Hitler invaded Russia. However, the Nazis stationed there were forced to abandon the post in 1944 after they
At last night's presidential debate, Donald Trump said abortions could happen "on the final day" of a pregnancy if Hillary Clinton becomes president, but experts say this is very unlikely and does not accurately reflect the reality of abortions in the United States. However, an abortion so late in pregnancy is "incredibly unlikely," said Elizabeth Nash, the senior state issues manager at the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive health research organization. "That just isn't the experience around abortion that women have" in the United States, Nash said.
Can you think of anything more terrifying than a snake with legs? A study out of the University of Florida says snakes had legs 150 million years ago, but no longer do because of deleted DNA. Early fossils lead some scientists to believe snakes once had legs (some say two and others say four), which begs the question: How did they lose them? Scientists of the study, published in Current Biology, said the Sonic hedgehog (yup, like the video game) gene, still present in python embryos, spurs the growth of legs. But the gene is weak in modern snakes because supporting DNA is no longer in the reptile's system, according to the study. So, python legs are truncated — pythons and some other snakes have
Researchers studying the Black Sea, one of the most unique bodies of water in the world, have uncovered a veritable time capsule of ancient ships hidden in its depths. The discoveries, which currently include 41 shipwrecks, came as part of an international expedition to map in unprecedented detail the submerged ancient landscapes of the Black Sea. "We're endeavouring to answer some hotly-debated questions about when the water level rose, how rapidly it did so and what effects it had on human populations living along this stretch of the Bulgarian coast of the Black Sea," Professor Jon Adams, principle investigator on the Black Sea M.A.P. project, said in a statement. The Black Sea was an important commercial trading route for ancient civilizations like the Greeks, Ottomans, and Roman, so the team expected to find shipwrecks.
Drones are great and all, but the reality is that particularly when it comes to smaller quadcopters, battery life remains a big problem. Fortunately, that’s where researchers from Imperial College London come into play. “What this means is that rather than having to have its battery switched out, a drone could just return to a base unit and hover over a charging station to pick up the necessary charge,” Dr. Samer Aldhaher, a member of the university’s Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, told Digital Trends.
Maxx Porter set up a trap for Christopher Waide to get him talking about what happened to Lea Porter. I maintain my innocence, but I would like a lawyer. Reporter: 23yearold Christopher Waide with his buttondown shirt and goatee looks like a geeky college
EXETER, England, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- The sensory systems of fish are short-circuiting, and a new study blames climate change. As the climate warms, the ocean is soaking up more carbon dioxide. According to scientists at the University of Exeter, the influx of CO2 is disrupting fishes' sense of smell, sight and hearing. Broadly speaking, fish are losing their wits -- and their bearings. Haywire sensory systems have some fish ignoring signals of danger and have others swimming directly toward predators instead of away. Somehow, researchers surmise, CO2 is disrupting the way fish brains process sensory signals. How exactly isn't clear. What is clear, the problem is sure to get worse. The oceans' CO2